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Johnston Press plc ( ) is a newspaper publisher based in Edinburghmarker, Scotlandmarker. It runs The Scotsman publications and other newspapers around the United Kingdommarker and in the Republic of Irelandmarker and the Isle of Manmarker. It is the second largest local newspaper publisher in the UKmarker. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index until 22 December 2008, when it became one of three media companies to fall out of the index.


The Company was established in Falkirkmarker in 1767 as F. Johnston & Co Ltd. Its first major acquisition was in 1970 when it bought Strachan & Livingston in Fifemarker. In 1978 it bought Wilfred Edmunds in Chesterfieldmarker, publisher of the Derbyshire Times and The Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group in Wakefieldmarker. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1988 when it was renamed Johnston Press.

The Company bought The West Sussex County Times in 1988, The Halifax Evening Courier in 1994 and the newspaper intests of EMAP plc in 1996. Further expansion followed with Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers in 1999 and Regional Independent Media Holdings in 2002.

The Company expanded into the Irish market in 2005 by purchasing Local Press Ltd, a company owned by 3i (£65 million), the newspaper assets of Scottish Radio Holdings, known as Score Press with forty-five titles in Scotland and Ireland (£155 million), and the Leinster Leader Group (€138.6 million). The titles were then reorganised into three main holding companies: Derry Journal Newspapers (Counties Donegalmarker and Londonderry), Johnston Publishing (everywhere else in Northern Ireland) and Johnston Press Ireland (along with four smaller companies everywhere else in the Republic).

The Company acquired Scotsman Publications in 2006.

British newspapers owned by Johnston Press

The following is a partial list of British Newspapers owned by the Company:

Irish Newspapers owned by Johnston Press

In total, twenty-two titles are published in Northern Ireland, fourteen in the Republic and one in both:

Johnston Publishing (NI)



Free Titles

  • Banbridge & District Weekender
  • Belfast News
  • Craigavon Echo
  • East Antrim Advertiser
  • Lisburn Echo
  • Mid Ulster Echo
  • North West Echo

Derry Journal Newspapers


Free Titles

Johnston Press Ireland

Kilkenny People Ltd

Limerick Leader Ltd

Nationalist Newspaper Co

Tallaght Publishing Ltd

Websites owned by Johnston Press

The Company owns the following websites:


  1. Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press and Mecom crash out of FTSE 250
  2. Newspaper Society Database of Mergers
  3. Press Release on Purchase of Score Press
  4. Press Release on Purchase of Leinster Leader Group
  5. Johnston Press buys Scotsman

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